Wednesday, 3 June 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 23

THE CHALLENGE : DOING THE WORKS OF CHRIST

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭12-13‬ KJV)

In this capsule we would consider what the 'WORKS' are (please read capsule 22), by doing this it gives us a focus and something to aim at. To answer the nagging question 'What are the works?' Let us consider scriptural examples

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭7-8‬ KJV)

This is the first recorded example of Christ sending out the disciples to do the works ( Please read the whole of Matthew chapter 10). This formed the pattern of His expectations, similarly repeated in Luke 9, 10, Matthew 17:17-18, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18. If you consider Matthew 10:7-8, the 'works' in actual fact is a command in two parts. It is important that you understand that both are codependent, if not taken together each becomes in effective or meaningless. You cannot concentrate on one and ignore the other. The gospel has got to be preached with demonstration of power like Christ did, and 'healing, cleansing, raising and casting out' is only meant as evidence of potency and power of the WORD.

A. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

B. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received,
freely give.

To do the works we have to preach the gospel and make disciples ( Romans 1:16-17), but in preaching and teaching, what makes the gospel of Christ different is the power that is released to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (1 Corinthians 2::4-5). The same Christ that gave the instruction or command to preach the gospel also gave the command to 'heal, cleanse, raise and cast out'. We cannot pick and choose. The reason why we are not effective is because we have reduce the gospel to just a theory that has no power. We have become motivational speakers without any evidence of power. The truth is that we are the once that hinder this demonstration of power because we do not expect (Mark 9:23).

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (‭Mark‬ ‭16‬:‭15‬ KJV)

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (‭Mark‬ ‭16‬:‭17-18‬ KJV)

We are doing just fine with part A, now we need to press in for part B, and there is no reason why it shouldn't happen, (let me rephrase that), we have every reason to expect it to happen, because the same person, Christ, gave both commands with an assurance .....'And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.'


CONCLUSION
SO LET US PREACH AND TEACH, BUT DON'T FORGET TO HEAL, CLEANSE, RAISE AND CAST OUT! THAT IS THE 'WORKS'

PS
I was and to certain extent still guilty of the same level of complacency discussed above, but I am determined to take a stand.


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk